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Rear brake drum removal

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Old Apr 28th, 2014, 08:50   #1
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I am in the process of putting a lovely 1967 131 Amazon back on the road after it lying dormant in a barn for 25 years. After various bits of work and parts replacements, have got it started and am overhauling the brakes. So far so good.

However, the LH rear brake drum won't budge. Have used two types of puller on it, the last being a hydraulic one but with absolutely no sign of it dislodging at all and by the looks of it the puller has now damaged the end of the half shaft it was pushing against.... and still it won't come off.

Anyone have any ideas for what to do next to remove - have also tried heat but to no avail. Last resort to oxy cut it off??? Am at a very frustrating halt in proceedings, any ideas very gratefully received - thank you!
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Old Apr 28th, 2014, 09:45   #2
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If you can get the adjuster to move.. Back the adjuster right off and give drum a good wack around incase seized shoes are adding to the woes.
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HIT IT! Go on! Provided you've backed everything off proper, that is....

Get the proper Amazon hub puller on there as tight as you can. After you've released everything off as best as you can (hand brake and shoes) and followed the advise above of whacking the circumference of the drum, whack the puller as hard as you can. If no success, hit it harder. If still no success, you know what I'm going to say!

Oddly, once I had a pig that wouldn't budge. After making arrangements for my dad - much stronger than me and better at using a hammer - to come round and whack it. I had left the puller on all night and the next morning it came undone with a relatively gentle hit.

I have the type of type of hub puller that had a big nut at the end that you can attach a gert big fixer bar instead of the type that are available now that have a handle. I'm going to Poole tomorrow morning via Dorchester so can bung it at you on the way and collect it in the afternoon on my return if that's any help to you.
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Welcome to the Forum!

When it's time for Shock and Awe in the garage to remove a stubborn drum, there are few cautions which need to be observed so that it doesn't go completely wrong...see my notes: http://www.sw-em.com/Brake_Drum_Notes.htm

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HIT IT! Go on! Provided you've backed everything off proper, that is....

Get the proper Amazon hub puller on there as tight as you can. After you've released everything off as best as you can (hand brake and shoes) and followed the advise above of whacking the circumference of the drum, whack the puller as hard as you can. If no success, hit it harder. If still no success, you know what I'm going to say!

Oddly, once I had a pig that wouldn't budge. After making arrangements for my dad - much stronger than me and better at using a hammer - to come round and whack it. I had left the puller on all night and the next morning it came undone with a relatively gentle hit.

I have the type of type of hub puller that had a big nut at the end that you can attach a gert big fixer bar instead of the type that are available now that have a handle. I'm going to Poole tomorrow morning via Dorchester so can bung it at you on the way and collect it in the afternoon on my return if that's any help to you.
Thank you! Yes, I've not been shy with hitting it, including with a 3 legged hydraulic puller (the type that pushes against the drive shaft) applied but STILL no joy. And it has ended up damaging the shaft itself. I spoke to the very helpful Emma at Amazon Cars this morning and she said that unless it was a five nut puller then when the drum is as stuck on as this one seems to be I don't have a chance. I have loosened off the adjuster etc and the drum turns so am I simply seeking that POP off... The offer of your puller (is it a 5 lug one?) is very much appreciated indeed - extremely kind - I am just outside Dorchester en route to Poole (between Crossways and Owermoigne) and could meet you somewhere convenient? The only problem I foresee is the afternoon - what time would you be coming back through as I have a couple of appointments... it may be easier to chat it over, my tel is 07926 305999. Thanks again, Dominic

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DD;

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When it's time for Shock and Awe in the garage to remove a stubborn drum, there are few cautions which need to be observed so that it doesn't go completely wrong...see my notes: http://www.sw-em.com/Brake_Drum_Notes.htm

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Thanks Ron, that's a useful article there, wish I'd read it before as already experienced the "squashed" end of drive shaft, ho-hum, just as long as I eventually get the drum off I don't mind shelling out for a new half shaft...!
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Hi Dominic. This puller will definitely get the old thing off and those legged jobs won't! I'll ring you to arrange collection and delivery.

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Wow, that looks like it could pull the drums of a tank!
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I made my own. Granted its not as heavy duty as it should be.(?) It worked.


build thread.> http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/t...xle-puller-972
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I made my own. Granted its not as heavy duty as it should be.(?) It worked.


build thread.> http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/t...xle-puller-972
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